"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Thursday, August 28, 2014


As you may remember, one of my favorite actors is Gael Garcia Bernal.  Type his name into upper left corner if you want to know more about this amazing man.  His latest starring film role is ROSEWATER, opening at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend.

Based on a true story, Jon Stewart wrote and directed the film.  The story leading up to the film is very compelling.  Can't wait to see it.  From Telluride it is on to Toronto film fest then for release in November.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My First Pomegranate

I've been taking care of this potted pomegranate for three years now and finally, it produced one this summer.  Just turning with its first blush.  I am tickled.

Did you know the pomegranate originated in Persia eons ago and spread throughout the Mediterranean region?  All parts of the plant were used - its rind was used as a suppository for birth control.  The plant, blended with mustard oil, was used for sagging breasts.  Who knew women had to worry about these things thousands of years ago.

The myth of Persephone prominently features the pomegranate.  Now you know.  Go to Logee's tropical plants for one of your own.  Mine has grown to over 6 feet tall and has beautiful red flowers in the spring. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Artsy Fartsy

Toilet paper roll art by a French artist - Junior Jacquet.  By definition, it is art.  So many definitions of the word, one would have to look at the etymology of the word art.  Let's just go with the Latin definition of art as a skill or craft.  
Artists have been creating since the dawn of man; containers used to hold paints date back 100,000 years.  I've read companies are doing away with the toilet paper rolls.  Guess this art will really be a rarity in eons to come. They'll be studying and describing it as a time when the world was wasteful which deeply touched the artist...

photograph taken by Mattieu Geichet

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tomato What?

I have had an abundance of tomatoes this summer.  So many in fact, I didn't know what to do with all of them.  Well, I decided to oven dry some of them which I've never done before.  The last photo is probably equivalent to one whole tomato.  What? I burned the first batch and nearly this next.  A bushel ends up being a handful. Supposedly, I can freeze these, then re-hydrate them in a jar of olive oil and herbs with garlic.  Not sure what to do with them then.  
Do any of you know how to use them? 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Styling At The Farm

If you've read my bio, you know how much I love Zaha Hadid and her designs.  Starchitect extraordinaire, she is a living legend.  Born in Iraq, she is known for her genius (and her suffer no fools personality).  Though known mostly for her architecture, she partnered with Rem Koolhaas to design shoes.  This Nova shoe is pretty incredible.  I can just see me stomping around the barnyard in them.